Putting Data to Work for a Better Queuing Experience

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Across industries, customer data has grown to the point where it’s now a commodity. Many businesses find themselves inundated with data but struggling to find a way to make sense of it and, even more importantly, to act on it.

“The truth is, having a lot of data doesn’t mean a thing. The key to really great analytics is insight. And that’s where a lot of organizations miss the mark.” – Mark DeMeo, AAJ Consulting

For it’s one thing to capture data, but that data becomes an entirely different tool when you can efficiently put it to use. The way forward is through solutions that translate data into real time actions you can take.

Let’s see how this applies to your queue management:
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How to Loop Customer Feedback into Your Queuing Strategy

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Footfall and queuing analytics systems are fantastic – even transforming how we service customers. With highly accurate people counts, real-time alerts, and so much more, analytics systems now include powerful tools to better understand what customers are doing in order to meet their needs moment to moment. But do these tools really help you meet your customers’ needs accurately? How do you know? If you’re not including the customers in the conversation, you may need to revise your strategy.

Technology can provide data, even highly useful data. With today’s queue management technology solutions, managers are able to track and react to the KPIs they believe are important. But what if customers disagree about which measures make a difference? How many people are circulating through the queue may be a helpful measurement to management, but it’s less valuable if what people care about most is what they feel while they wait.

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4 Things Queue Managers Should Do At Least Every 4 Years

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Just like we re-assess the effectiveness of our country’s leadership every four years, a healthy queue needs some routine assessment to keep it running its best. Below are some reminders of a few key tasks you should tend to at least every four years.

1.    Look for Trends in Customer Feedback

Keeping customers happy over time translates into brand loyalty and client retention. 86% of customers have stopped doing business with a company due to poor service. But only 4% might speak up about it on their own. How do you know if your customers are happy? The simplest answer is: by asking.

It’s important over time to keep your finger on the pulse of what your customers are saying, wanting and needing. By asking directly in the form of a survey or other kind of feedback mechanism, your customers will directly inform you about the success of your products and services, information you can compare with corporate KPIs to make sure you’re on track to successfully serve and retain your customers.

At least every 4 years it’s important to step back and assess what the data is telling you. Regular, ongoing monitoring of feedback is ideal, however taking a higher level look every few years will give a long-view perspective and help build on what’s working and allow corrective action on anything that’s falling short. If you’re not currently conducting some kind of customer satisfaction survey or customer delight barometer, there’s no time like the present.

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